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GreenShores Policy and Regulatory Tools for Local Government

2016 – Stewardship Centre for BC

This is the update of our 2006 document called Green Shores Project: Review of Shore Management Policy and Bylaw Language. The report responds to the requests of the local government partners who are working to implement Green Shores in their communities. It outlines a framework (including Shoreline Classification, Official Community Plan policies and objectives, Development Permit Area guidelines, and Zoning provisions) to organize local government action, and provides examples of language for local government policies and bylaws for shoreline development and protection that incorporate Green Shores principles. Most attention is given to Official Community Plans (OCPs) and Development Permit Areas (DPAs), with some reference to zoning bylaws.  This report provides examples of language that could be used to support Green Shores principles in local government law and policy tools, but it is not a ‘model bylaw.’ Reflecting our evolving understanding of climate change impacts, this version of the report also contains a section on climate change and coastal impacts, and includes examples of how sea level rise and other impacts have been addressed to date in local regulations.

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